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I would like a delicious coq au vin recipe.

Victoria Smith, Holiday

Eleanor Vosbein of Dunedin shares a delicious recipe from the 1958 cookbook The Art of French Cooking by Fernande Garvin. The chicken is so moist and succulent when prepared in this manner. This is not a dish that requires much babysitting. Once you get the liquids, herbs and vegetables in the skillet, you can relax. If you prefer to use only white or dark meat, go ahead and substitute that for the whole chicken. Be forewarned that your chicken will have a red tinge from the wine. I used a pinot noir with great success. To fry the bread in butter, put a couple of tablespoons in a skillet and add the bread. Turn once after 1 or 2 minutes or when it's golden brown and lightly toasted. Eleanor suggests serving boiled potatoes with the coq au vin.

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Coq au Vin

1 (2 ½- to 3-pound) chicken, quartered

1 tablespoon chopped onion

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 tablespoon flour

½ cup red wine

½ cup clear chicken broth

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 bay leaf

¼ teaspoon thyme

12 small white pearl onions

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

4 slices French bread, fried in butter

In a large, heavy skillet, cook chicken and chopped onion in heated oil until slightly browned. Stir in flour and cook until well browned. Add wine, chicken broth, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, white pearl onions and mushrooms. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until meat is tender. Remove bay leaf. Garnish with slices of fried bread.

Serves 4.

Source: The Art of French Cooking by Fernande Garvin

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